Portuguese GM car plant hits record production, almost overtakes rival VW factory

6 January 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 6 Jan – The General Motors car factory in Portugal broke its annual production record in 2005 to manufacture 73,711 vehicles, according to figures released by the US auto giant.

GM’s plant, situated 45 km north of Lisbon, increased production of the Opel Combo model by 11.2 percent last year compared to 2004, despite the sales slump being experienced by the American company and other car makers.

GM’s car-making rival in Portugal is Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant, Portugal’s biggest-ever foreign investment project that accounts for a hefty 10 percent of Portuguese export sales.

The VW factory, 25 km south of Lisbon, saw its production slump in 2005 to 80,000 compared to 135,000 in 2001. (macauhub)